In recent news, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that PennDOT, our state's transportation department, can be held liable for vehicular injuries caused by dangerous guardrails on our state's highways. Usually, the state cannot be sued for damages due to negligence under an act called the Sovereign Immunity Act; however, it was ruled that exemptions can be made for state guardrails that were installed negligently and whose design creates a dangerous situation. This new ruling came after a case in which a person was in a car accident during winter. The snowy and icy conditions caused the driver to spin out and hit a guardrail. The guardrail ended up spearing the car and also caused injuries to the driver. Although this exemption cannot be assumed in all car accident cases on our highways, it is an important ruling to keep in mind.
The weather in spring, especially in early spring, can be wild and unpredictable. From heavy snows, to sunshine, torrential rain, and/or wind, the weather can make home management and travel very difficult! Are you prepared to handle the unique challenges that spring may make you face?
As a heads up, you should know that on November 4th, Governor Wolf signed a bill known as "Daniel's Law" into effect. This bill enforces harsher penalties on those who engage in distracted driving. Within this bill, people who receive a distracted driving ticket will be punished similarly to those who engage in drunk driving. This law was proposed after a Pennsylvanian named Daniel Gallatin was killed when a distracted driver crashed into the back of his motorcycle and killed him. According to Governor Wolf, "This behavior, which has been allowed to go under-punished for far too long, has been demonstrated to be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Distracted driving has fatal, irreversible, and grave consequences and by signing this Bill I hope to make our roads and highways safer for our citizens, and everyone using them." (as quoted on PersonalInjury.com).
Sometimes, audits bring up things you would never believe. According to TribLive.com, an auditor for the Pennsylvania Department of Health discovered that the department refused to accept anonymous complaints against nursing homes for almost three years. Halting these complaints violates federal policy, and also potentially puts many elderly residents into harm's way. There was no rationale discovered for halting these reports. According to the TribLive article, "Complaints increased 63 percent after the agency rescinded the policy of not accepting anonymous complaints, the audit said." Many other interesting facts were discovered in the audit, including not enforcing certain laws requiring a set number of direct nursing services for residents each day.
So you've been in a bike crash. It's scary, disorienting, and you're not sure what to do next. What are some good steps to take post-crash? Take a look at these tips:
Most of our law enforcement officers work tirelessly and diligently to keep our homes, community, state, and country safe. However, police are people just like the rest of us, and can sometimes make poor choices.